Applying to Medical School

Example Letter of Intent

*All the specific names in this letter are fictional. Please do not copy this letter. This is only an example letter of intent intended to guide medical school applicants on how to write their own letters.

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Dear (Dean or Director of Admissions, depending on the school),

My name is John Doe and I am currently applying to Best University School of Medicine (BUSOM). I interviewed on December 1st and am writing this letter for three purposes. My first purpose is to reiterate that BUSOM is my top choice for medical school. If accepted, I will definitely attend BUSOM. Second, I hope to express why I am a good fit for your school. Last, I wanted to update you on any new accomplishments that may not be in my current applicant file.

During my interview with Dr. Awesome, I asked her how I should decide which school to go to. Her main advice to me was to figure out which school is the best fit for me. After attending multiple interviews and learning extensively about different schools, I truly believe that BUSOM is the best fit for me. I agree wholeheartedly with the vision and mission of the school especially the focus on serving both the local and global community. BUSOM’s emphasis on PBL and small groups is extremely enticing to me because I too value hands-on and group learning. On my interview day, I definitely felt at home. I loved the passion and warmth of the faculty. The speech by Dr. Perfect was amazing in welcoming and inspiring all of us interviewees. In addition, I could not help but notice how genuinely happy BUSOM’s medical students were. They repeatedly expressed how much they loved the school. All the students walking by had smiles on their faces and greeted us kindly.

BUSOM is renowned for producing intelligent, mature, and diligent physicians. I believe I have what it takes to live up to BUSOM’s standard of excellence. Since graduating from Awesome University, I have been working full time as a clinical research associate. As a clinical researcher, I have consistent exposure to patients as I enroll them into our study. Right now, I am learning how to effectively communicate with patients but I know that BUSOM will further prepare me to become the best clinician I can possibly be. Our research team recently submitted a paper for our project on breast cancer that will be appearing in Nature. As author of the paper, I contributed by collecting and analyzing data, helping design the study, writing and editing the manuscript, and critically evaluating methods of dissemination. BUSOM is a place where cutting edge research never stops. My intent is to continue its tradition of research greatness.

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I would be honored to attend BUSOM. I know that I can make a positive contribution to the school. Thank you so much for your consideration. I hope to see you in the fall!

Best wishes,

John Doe

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